Vol. 31 Iss. 15

Volume 31, Issue 15 - 04/21/2023

Minds We Meet—Judie Lavigne

The Voice Magazine recently had a chance to chat with Judie Lavigne (she/her), a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting Major student located in Camrose County, Alberta, who plans to graduate by August 2025.  As for her future plans?  “Not sure where I am going to go when I’m done but right now my plan is… Read more »

Fly on the Wall—Ouch, That Smarts!

It seems that no one proclaims that they’ve taken an online IQ test and found out that they’re really dumb.  Either that or those who fail to pass genius muster are smart enough to keep it to themselves.  I’ve never attempted one of these tests, figuring that at AU our inborn intelligence proffers less rewards… Read more »

Beyond Literary Landscapes—Autobiography

From my early beginnings as a young introvert, the public library has always been a bit of a refuge.  Years later, not much has changed, albeit with an additional affinity for endless hours spent scouring second-hand bookstores to add to my ever-growing “to-read” pile. From one bookworm to another, this column will be underscoring and… Read more »

Council Connection—March 23rd, 2023 Meeting

As the chair of the meeting, President Karen Fletcher called the meeting to order on March 16th, 2023, reminding everyone that Executive Director (ED) Jodi Campbell is the accessibility officer and to contact him if they require assistance.  President Fletcher explained that accessibility assistance does not always have to be related to a disability; if… Read more »

Music Review—Man Out of Time

Artist: Friendly Rich Album: Man Out of Time Canadian songwriter, Friendly Rich, has released his newest LP Man Out of Time.  The album is available for streaming anywhere you get your music. Hailing from Oakville, Ontario, Friendly Rich has composed background music for three seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show as well as a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Will Worries

Dear Barb: Hi.  My mom passed away four years ago and my dad remarried.  Dad always said that he had an agreement with his new wife that his assets would be left to his three children.  Dad died suddenly, last month and we have yet to hear anything about the will or any agreement that… Read more »

[blue rare] — Where the Mermaids are Singing

You will often hear people claim that “it’s a small world.” But this is just a comforting lie that we like to tell ourselves.  The truth is that the world is terrifyingly immense, and endlessly strange.  It’s not small, and it’s not smooth, nor round, either.  Between wherever you are and the horizon, there are… Read more »

Editorial—The Conference Impact

Editorial                                                                                                               Karl Low I attended the 2023 AU research forum on Monday and Tuesday, as did a couple of other Voice Writers and, honestly, if you missed the opportunity, you did miss some interesting sessions.  It was amazing to hear the breadth of research that AU faculty are up to.  There was everything from… Read more »

Spring Fruit—Awards for AU Undergrad Students!

Applications for AUSU’s spring award cycle opened April 15.  Up to twenty-six AU undergrad students will be selected to receive awards of up to $1000 each.  Undergrad students at AU can apply online for these awards, including scholarships and bursaries, from now until May 31. A brief description of each award follows (visit the AUSU… Read more »

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Janitor

It’s crazy, but professional janitorial careers are fascinating vocations.  And if cleanliness is a sign of maturity, I have some growing up to do.  You may be like me and have a lifelong history of being scolded due to a lack of cleaning aptitude, despite best intentions and hard effort.  Imagine spending upwards of an… Read more »

When Does Comedy Stop Being Comedy?

Has anyone seen Chris Rock’s new Netflix special where he makes fun of Will and Jada Smith? How funny was it?  What was the craziest joke?  These were some of the questions that flooded Twitter when Rock’s special dropped, before I stopped bothering to read.  However, there were a few snippets from Rock’s special that… Read more »

Making Shrimp Paste

Lately I’ve been craving some Southeast Asian recipes such as laksa soup, Thai green curry, and tom yum soup.  However, every time I purchase premade sauces, my food tastes unsatisfying.  Either the broth is not flavorful enough or the dishes taste like Thai frozen dinners.  It lacks the strong aromas of Southeast Asian cooking.  Shrimp… Read more »

The Ideal Mindset for Academic Excellence

The “ideal” is the best measure of success when striving for a goal.  And we all can achieve the ideal.  So why settle for less? But I don’t want to assume I know our ideal courses of action, as we all have different strengths, schedules, and life paths.  But I do know how to problem… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

AUSU Bylaws Town Hall Mon, Apr 24, 5:00 to 6:00 pm MDT Online via Zoom Hosted by AUSU www.ausu.org/event/ausu-bylaws-town-hall/ RSVP through above link Library Chat Tues, Apr 25, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library www.athabascau.ca/library/index.html No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page Library Chat Wed, Apr 26,… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

AthaU Facebook Group There’s always time for social.  A student lists all that stands between them and the semester end of April 30 and invites others to share the same.  Easily the most responded-to post this week (because it’s easier than working, right?) Discord Online working.  A helpful post in the #general channel for a… Read more »

Vintage Voice!

April 21 is World Creativity and Innovation Day, capping off World Creativity and Innovation Week.  The Voice‘s archives are brimming with articles on creativity, and it was a challenge to narrow our focus to just two. Ontario poaches Alberta’s talent.  In 2003, AU bid a fond farewell to Alan Davis, who moved on from his… Read more »

Scholarship of the Week!

Scholarship name:  Odenza Vacations College Scholarship Sponsored by:  Odenza Vacations Deadline:  May 1, 2023 Potential payout:  $500 Eligibility restriction:  Applicants must be between 17 and 24 years of age as of September 1, 2023, be residents of Canada or U.S.A., and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. What’s required:  A completed online application form,… Read more »